We were delighted to trip across some recent news on Vivian McAlister, class of '73 -
Congratulations to Dr. Vivian McAlister, professor, Division of General Surgery, on being appointed as the next A.D. McLachlin Professor, Schilich School of Medicine & Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Dr. McAlister was appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery in 2001 and was promoted to Professor in 2003. Dr. McAlister is an exemplary transplant and general surgeon, researcher, and educator in the Department of Surgery. He has published articles in the peer-reviewed literature on a wide array of topics, including transplantation, health care delivery and the history of surgery. He is presently the CoEditor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Surgery and serves on the Governance and Audit Committees and Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. McAlister has previously served as the President of the Canadian Society of Transplantation; Chair of the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry, and Chair of the Research Committee of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, and was elected to the American Surgical Association, which was founded in 1880 and is considered to be the most prestigious surgical society in North America.
In addition to his service to the University and the London Hospitals, Dr. McAlister joined the Canadian Forces in 2008 and has served annually in Canadian deployments in Afghanistan and Haiti. His military experience, combined with teaching expertise, led him to develop and lead national symposia and mass casualty exercises for trauma surgery and disaster planning in the Canadian context for civilian surgeons. In recognition of Dr. McAlister's extraordinary contributions, he has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal; a Surgeon General's Commendation, General Campaign Star, Operations Service Medal, and two General Service Medals from the Canadian Forces.”
Stellar progress we would say since we last reported on the McAlister boys back in 1998. Vivian has done his alma mater proud, and we wish him continued success in all that he does.